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Delaying Entering Ihraam After Entering Makkah

Fatwaa ID: 2157

Assalam Alaykum,

I plan on performing Umrah inshaAllah with my mother. Her health is very poor and requires a lot of breaks and rest before exerting energy. We will be going from Madinah to Makkah to perform Umrah. However, she will not be able to perform Umrah due to energy levels until maybe 24 hours later. Is one required to enter Ihraam state prior to meeqat point before entering Makkah if their intention is not to perform Umrah right away? Can the person enter Makkah without Ihraam state, rest, and then go back out to meeqat point (e.g. Masjid A’isha) to get into ihraam and then perform Umrah?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

May Allaah Ta’aala accept your ‘umrah and make it a fruitful and productive journey. May He bless your mother with a long blissful life.

In principle, according to the Hanafi legal school, if one crosses the meeqaat boundaries intending to go to Makkah, then he must enter the state of ihraam. Crossing the boundaries without the ihraam is a violation of its sanctity. Even if a person wishes to perform ‘umrah after some time, he must enter the state of ihraam when he crosses the meeqaat and remain in it until then. Furthermore, Masjid ‘Aaishah is not a meeqaat point for an aafaaqi (foreigner). Should a person violate the laws in the enquired situation, he would have to return back to a meeqaat. The closest one is Qarn al-Manaazil, the meeqaat of the people of Taaif.

In the enquired situation, you and your mother must enter the state of ihraam before passing the meeqaat from Madeenah Munawwarah to Makkah Mukarramah. You may perform ‘umrah later on when convenient. You will remain in the state of ihraam until then. Ensure that you maintain its laws. The laws are fairly simple but may require you to be cognizant and conscious.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

08/07/1445 AH – 02/17/2024 CE | 863

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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